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Mel Asberry is an experienced Designated Airworthiness Representative specializing in Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft. He and his wife, Ann, have built seven amateur-built airplanes including two ultralight types, a Moni Motorglider, a Dragonfly Mk2, two RV-6s and a Zenair CH 601HDS. They are currently building a scratch-built biplane.

A Highly Modified Gyroplane and a Piper, Christavia, Bearhawk, Zenith Mashup?

Question: I am building a gyroplane from pieces of an RAF 2000. I will be building my own frame with dropped keel and main...

Changing the Propeller, Can I Add Seats?

Question: I am upgrading the propeller on my aircraft and was wondering if you might be able to help me out. My situation is...

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Heeding manufacturer overhaul times, about the repairman certificate.

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Modifying different types of Light Sport Aircraft, updating Phase II operating limitations.

25+ Years with an RV-6

The story of N168TX.

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Licensing a partially completed project. Does major repair work count as building?

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Hiring a professional build center to build an Experimental Light Sport Aircraft.

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LSA weight increase, compass requirements, gyroplane DARs, E/A-B inspector eligibility.

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Repairman certificate eligibility, who to list as the manufacturer, installing ADS-B equipment.

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Importing a Canadian experimental to the U.S., maintenance regs, Form 8000-3 confusion.

In Case You Missed it

2019 Homebuilt Aircraft Directory

So many airplanes, so little time: over 1000 aircraft to choose from. Also learn how 10 of our regular contributors chose their own experimental aircraft. Introduction Directory compiled by Omar Filipovic.

Riding the Radial Rocket RG

The Radial Rocket TD already had a following, but with some tweaking and the addition of retractable gear, the new Radial Rocket RG is poised to take off. By Ed Kolano.

Home Shop Machinist

Preservative fogger.
Starduster too on the ramp

Rear Cockpit: The Other Guy’s Plane

In a parallel life of mine—auto journalism—shop talk occasionally got around to just how...